Answers to questions
The school’s primary goal is for children to have enough knowledge, values, and confidence to make choices and shape their future.
That is why the CISC has created an environment where the child is interested in discovering the world: the learning process is built to stimulate each child’s cognitive activity. So that way, children work in teams, receive not ready answers to questions, and explore specific topics and form their conclusions. We believe that if the child asks: “What will happen next?” and the teacher directs the child, sets open tasks, using these or those forms and methods of educational activity, it motivates the child to study not only within the school but also throughout life.
Teaching English in СISC is based on communicative methods, starting with 0/1 grades. Classes are held five times a week (one lesson per day) in all classes. According to the academic standard, teaching lessons in high school takes place in pairs, two classes per day. The native speaker joins an English teacher to conduct a joint oral development session.
Once a week, children in 5-7 grades have a “STREAM course” in English. Children study additional topics in various subjects, perform experiments, create and defend projects. Also, we pay particular attention to the study of mathematics in English.
The school conducts systematic bilingual and integrated lessons, case days, wave diving, project defenses, thematic holidays.
Children in 8-11 grades also have an additional English class as a debate club. High school students regularly participate in various city and international competitions and Olympiads.
The English language is taught with modern educational literature of Pearson, Macmillan, Cambridge, National Geographic publishing houses with a combination of additional textbooks for completing tasks and preparing students for international exams.
At the end of the 1st and 2nd semesters, all students take exams in four main language activities (Writing, Reading, Listening, Speaking with the involvement of natives) in the Cambridge Exams format.
At the beginning and end of each school year, students write Placement Tests, which form language groups and levels. It means that the system of learning a foreign language in the CISC is leveled.
According to the Ministry of Education and Science’s profile program, upon completion of the 11 grade, school graduates must know English at the B2 level. At the end of the 11 grade, the level of CISC students in English only starts from the B2 level. Most 11 graders have certified C1 diplomas, international IELTS, and TOEFL certificates.
STEM education is the basis for training specialists in the field of high technology. That is why the development of STEM-directions is crucial for the development of society.
What is STEM
It is a direction in education using which the natural science component in the curriculum is strengthened with the use of innovative technologies.
Science + modern technologies = progressive technological society
The purpose of STEM-direction in school is to form in students the skills of the XXI century and prepare students for the professions of the future.
This direction can be mastered only through project activities and through the opportunity to learn something new in practice.
STEM is a unique approach to education based on the interconnectedness of all disciplines. After all, while studying the world around us, we do not say: it is physics, it is chemistry, and it is mathematics. Because the world is complex, all phenomena and processes have a logical relationship. The school’s task is to teach children to notice it, look for creative solutions, and quickly learn something new.
The approximate scheme of classes looks as follows:
- Fundamentals of 3D technologies.
- Introduction to the tools of the 3D Builder software. Development of simple 3D models.
- Learning of additional features of 3D Builder. Development of 3D models.
- Design of 3D objects. 3D design of Lego constructor elements.
- Working with the 3D Builder software model library.
- Basics of working in the TinkerCad environment. Creating 3D models.
- Basics of working with a slicer software and 3D printer.
Children learn how abstract scientific theories and facts relate to real-life; learn to analyze problems, work together in a team, find unique solutions, and make discoveries every lesson.
Moreover, children create robots on specific topics, such as:
- Mars rovers, aliens, models of the Earth to the theme of the project “Open space”;
- drawbridges, high-speed cars on the issue of “Techno”;
- wind power plant, an earthquake simulator, robot-cleaner for the eco-project, etc.
CISC has a vision of the student’s competencies that are formed in the school. The formation program is designed to promote the emergence and development of specific skills: adaptability, Helicopter View, critical, positive and project thinking, empathy, communication, creativity.
The program consists of:
- Regular classes “I am a personality” conducted by a tutor/mentor, psychologist;
- Group projects (in particular, volunteering);
- Formation course (classes with internal and external experts);
- Individual conversations of the tutor/mentor with the student (for personal development);
- Special courses according to the interests and abilities of students (in high school);
- Studies selected according to the class/needs of students.
Sports choice: Football + volleyball, CrossFit (fitness), Contemporary choreography, Yoga (stretching).
Emotional-academic choice: Creative studio (handmade, graffiti, sketch), Acting and music studio, IT (programming), Media (blogging, photo, video), Startup, STEM.
Individual and group classes (Ukrainian language + mathematics), self-training.
- Elements of the educational program are also integrated into school subjects.
A child is the focus of the CISC psychologist. All the activities of the CISC psychologist are aimed at ensuring the mental health of the child, the state of well-being of the individual, which contributes to the realization of the child’s productive educational activities, psycho-emotional and social development. Psychological support is provided through counseling of students, tutors/mentors, teachers, parents, correctional classes for students, educational activities.
Tutoring and mentoring are carried out to support the quality of the educational process, the value environment, and the principles of school interaction, the development of student competencies, and the emotional support of students.
- group and individual interaction with students (conversations, classes “I am a personality,” class projects, trips, organization of educational space, etc.);
- interaction with teachers (conversations to develop joint solutions to improve learning efficiency);
- interaction with parents (informing parents about the life of the class through the defined communication channels; conversations with the student’s parents to inform and develop joint decisions; organization of parent meetings of the class, etc.).
The Security and Personal Protection Policy, or Anti-Bullying Policy, is a document that regulates the behavioral strategy of all those who are on the territory of the CISC and observe violent behavior or suffer from it.
– All CISC employees without exception are acquainted with the document.
– At the beginning of each school year, we organize training for employees to enhance knowledge of the Policy and the ability to use it.
– Every year in September, classes are held for students of CISC to train the skills to talk about what they do not like, stop violence against others, seek help from an adult, etc.
The educational and formative program of the preparatory class includes classes that prepare the child for school (“Sweet reading,” I’m learning to write, “Interesting mathematics, “English,” Lego”); mandatory groups-studios in modeling, chess, creative workshop, choreography, aikido, etc. Besides, children will learn to understand themselves in the classes “I am a person,” “I am healthy and happy,” to implement research and art projects. And yet – to dream and fantasize during daily walks and free play.
“Dream freely, act confidently” is the task of the CISC primary school’s educational and formation program. Students of elementary school study a unique method of “wave diving,” which helps enhance the child’s knowledge and see the world. Students conduct experiments on the “Kaleidoscope of Sciences,” speak English and a second foreign language of choice (from the third grade), implement research and art projects, have classes in logic, chess, robotics, financial literacy, creative workshop, choreography, aikido, and others. Students have the opportunity to study in the studio, “I am a traveler.” Even the usual classes take place using non-traditional methods of edutainment and storytelling.
At the heart of the educational and formative program of CISC for 5-9 grades are project immersions, aiming to develop student’s project thinking in each subject. Students learn English in-depth, mainly through a compulsory STREAM activity approach, an English-language debate club, and a native-speaking conversational club.
Thanks to innovative methods and increasing the number of hours in Ukrainian language and mathematics, students can develop relevant competencies. In the afternoon, students choose study groups (according to needs), learn to set goals, and reflect, building their educational trajectory.
In high school, CISC provides an opportunity to prepare for the EIE / admission to universities. High school students have pairs, in the 10 grade, they concentrate on the implementation of curricula for 10-11 grades, and in the 11 grade, they work hard in small groups to prepare for admission.
Students study English in depth according to modern international methods, the number of teaching hours in mathematics has been increased. As part of the educational program, students have a choice of individual vocational courses in project management, programming, entrepreneurship, online communications, etc. by areas: “Technology,” “Management,” “Communications.”
Children learn English from the first grade. From the third grade, every child can learn French, German, or Spanish (Kyiv) as a second foreign language.
Creativity within the framework of CISC aims to form in the student the ability to think outside the box, the ability to find and pose a problem; the ability to generate a large number of ideas; flexibility — the ability to produce a variety of ideas; originality — the ability to respond to challenges in a non-standard way; the ability to improve the object by adding details; problem-solving ability, and the ability to analyze and synthesize.
The teacher accompanies students, gives individual recommendations, encourages them to creative activity. The primary task is to independently develop students’ abilities to form new knowledge, skills, and action methods. An important factor in creative learning is the initiative of students. At the same time, the student from the object of pedagogical influence becomes the subject of communication. He is responsible for his activities as well as the teacher for his. Creative learning is a process of constant cooperation between teachers and students.
The educational process is organized as the cooperation of people interested in a common cause. Creative learning has a characteristic feature — the learning process merges with life, with the solution of real creative tasks.